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Hi all,

Here's the situation - the PC at my pizza place failed to boot up (at all) one day. The fans and stuff came on, so the PSU was working. Instead of trying to replace parts one by one, I'm just building a new one. Cheap MB, Celeron 420, 1GB Team Extreme RAM, old PCI ATI Rage video card, etc...

The hard drive that was in it still works fine, and it has Win98. I've also got another IDE Seagate 120gb hard drive that has WinXP fully installed (that I took from my old rig). Would I be able to use that Seagate with WinXP on a new build, and would it let me boot straight to WinXP? I don't have enough $$ to buy a new OS, since I'm using that same XP key on my sig rig. Any help is appreciated!

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Hi all,

Here's the situation - the PC at my pizza place failed to boot up (at all) one day. The fans and stuff came on, so the PSU was working. Instead of trying to replace parts one by one, I'm just building a new one. Cheap MB, Celeron 420, 1GB Team Extreme RAM, old PCI ATI Rage video card, etc...

The hard drive that was in it still works fine, and it has Win98. I've also got another IDE Seagate 120gb hard drive that has WinXP fully installed (that I took from my old rig). Would I be able to use that Seagate with WinXP on a new build, and would it let me boot straight to WinXP? I don't have enough $$ to buy a new OS, since I'm using that same XP key on my sig rig. Any help is appreciated!

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Probably not. All of the changes that have been made since that OS was installed will either keep it from booting completely or keep it from running properly for long.

It is also illegal to use an XP key on more than one rig at one time.
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the win98 might work. pre NT-based widows could swap in and out of computers AFAIK. NT, 2000, XP, vista, etc... you can't do that w/. U'd have to run a clean install if it was newer than 98 and really "should" even w/ 98...
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Thanks for the help. I do know it's illegal to run the same XP key on more than one PC at a time, but, money constraints keep me from buying a new OS/key right at the moment. We won't have the $$ for that until March or April.

I'll try it with the Win98 hard drive - hopefully it works. If not, I may have to learn Linux VERY quickly

I've used Ubuntu before and I liked it. With the "Live CD", where it boots from the cd, I could use that for a clean install, couldn't I?
    
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To make XP work you have to make a few steps, if it's legal or not it's your thing. You can choose to buy an XP license off ebay afterwards.

Boot the XP HDD on the rig on which it was installed. It should boot, load the OS. Now you're looking at the desktop. Press WIN+PAUSE and start Device Manager. You should see all the devices that are installed on your rig: CPU, HDD, mobo, whatever.

Right-click on each of them and select Uninstall. This way you will uninstall ALL the devices that are known by the WIN install. IMPORTANT - leave the mouse the last one - if you uninstall the mouse you won't be able to uninstall the rest, you'll be forced to reboot and start over.

After uninstalling even the mouse you shut down, it works with the button or simply unplug. The XP install you had is "BLANK", it will not have any "memory" of any device at the next boot, so it will reinstall everything.

This method works on any windows up to XP (98 included), I personally haven't tested on Vista yet.

My 2 cents, hope it works.
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for now copy all data off the drive first [Win98 drive]. Use the one that has XP on it, if needed format that drive and install XP back on it. Then when up and running you can add the data you saved off 98 disk and you back up and running.
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